Byzantium

 63%

of critics liked it

49%

of users liked it

In theaters Jun 28, 2013
R, 1 hr. 58 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two
Director: Neil Jordan
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Theater Release: Jun 28, 2013
DVD Release: Oct 29, 2013

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.
  • Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair. More...
  • Go ahead, bite. More...
  • A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously. More...
  • Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart. More...
  • A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology. More...
  • Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious. More...
  • The story drags a bit, bouncing back and forth in time in a manner that is sometimes useful, sometimes not. Overall, though, it's an intriguing addition to the genre. More...
  • It's a pleasure to see a vampire movie that aspires to something artful, and that explores the misery that comes with living - forever - on blood, and in the shadows. More...
  • The film slows and slumps as it ventures into a historical backstory, complete with a mysterious brotherhood, an ancient map, and Sam Riley in a wig worse than death. More...
  • Lines like "The pearl stays pure while the oyster's flesh rots around it" or "Would you like to kiss me? In celebration of my wickedness?" confound any efforts to make them sound less than ridiculous. More...

User Reviews

  • The film's opening gives the feeling that it has a dark secret to be revealed, layer by layer, as it proceeds. Unfortunately, there's only...
  • Byzantium will test the patience for some horror movie fans, particularly those who enjoy cheap boo scares every two minutes. But if you let this...
  • Neil Jordan's second Vampire film, much like his first (Interview with a Vampire) is a visual feast. The modern day neon lights contrasting against...
  • 3 3/4's--The director does a good job of creating a brooding, dark, and foreboding atmosphere. The storyline keeps you interested, as the story of the...
  • I seriously don't know why this film's so dark and gloomy. It's taking itself too seriously when it's not even interesting.
  • Byzantium gets the slow vampire blood drain from Neil Jordan.

    Nearly pulling its way to 2 hours of screen time, the film manages to form a...

  • Throughout its long and varied history, the horror genre has been criticised for the roles that it accords to women. Horror films are regularly...
  • Neil Jordan's brilliant return to the vampire genre is an accomplished horror film that brings back key elements to what vampire films should be....
  • Jordan's second vampire film and once again its a serious dissection of undead life, this time around its a young mother and her teenage daughter. At...
  • This was way out of my comfort zone as far as genre, but I had queued it as part of my quest to watch everything Gemma has done. I somehow missed that...